Tennessee’s highest officials are preparing for a royal visit later this week. It’s a return trip for Prince Edward, who last came to Nashville in 2004.
Edward is not the British prince with the most familiar face to Americans. He’s the youngest son of the Queen of England, also known as the Earl of Wessex. Only in recent years did he leave the corporate world to conduct royal duties full time.
According to the royal family’s promotional videos, Prince Edward spends much of his time at ribbon cuttings. He has a particular knack for revealing modest plaques with a self-deprecating flare.
“I hate to disappoint you, but the unveiling of a plaque is not necessarily the most important thing that has happened in your lives.”
Prince Edward will be recognizing recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at the Governor’s Mansion. He attends a gala supporting the award charity at Montgomery Bell Academy.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a sort of choose-your-own-adventure prize in which applicants pitch a community service project or even a global journey. This year’s recipients represent groups ranging from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee to the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Organization.